RUNNERS hoping to take part in next year’s London Marathon will be able to identify as non-binary.
The rule change is being touted as part of a drive to make it the most inclusive event of its kind in the world.
Those applying for the 26-mile run can tick one of three options — male, female and non-binary — on their race application.
It will not apply to those wanting to take part in the elite race or the championship and good for age categories, which operate under World Athletics rules.
Event director Hugh Brasher said: “This is a significant step forward for the TCS London Marathon as we continue our journey to make our event truly inclusive.
“We know there is still much more to be done but changes such as this demonstrate our commitment to making the TCS London Marathon an event that is for everyone.”
Next year’s event — the 43rd — will be held on Sunday, April 23, as it returns to its usual spring slot following two years of Covid disruption.
The ballot for places opens on Saturday, October 1, the day before this year’s race.
More than 400,000 applications are expected.